Monday, July 12, 2010

Palakkad honours MGR

Palakkad district in Kerala is honouring one of its retest sons 'Makkal Thilakam' M.G. Ramachandran by constructing a memorial for him in his ancestral village of Vadavannur in Chittur Taluk, 15 km from Palakkad.

The memorial – a Community Hall – constructed by the Vadavannur Grama Panchayat will be inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran today July 12, 2010. MGR's mother Sathyabhama's ancestral house is nearby.

Though MGR was born in Sri Lanka, his father Maruthur Gopala Menon belonged to the nearby Nalleppilly village. After his death poverty struck Sathyabama with her sons MGR and MG Chakrapani migrated to Kumbakonam in search of a living.

MGR married his first wife Ammukutty alias Sadanandavathy from Kuzhalmannam in Palakkad. After her death only MGR married actress Janaki. Some of the relatives of Janaki also married from Vadavannur.

Though the family left Vadavannur long ago MGR had visited his ancestral house on a number of times even after becoming Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

he Grama Panchayat President of Vadavannur K.S. Sheeja said the memorial will be used as a conference hall and Kalyana Mandapam will be rented to poor families on a lower rate as MGR himself was a savior of the down trodden and poor.

Palakkad which is about 52 km from Coimbatore has produced some of the greatest artists, musicians and beurocrats like of India like Palghat Mani Iyer, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, T. N. Seshan, Shashi Tharoor, Prakash Karat, Priya Mani, Vidya Balan, M. T. Vasudevan Nair and others.



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